We only had to wait two chapters to get an explanation for what happened when God struck Uzzah dead for touching the ark. David calls the Levites together and tells them that they will be the ones to carry the ark. He confesses, “Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him…”
Verse 15 continues, “And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.” The lesson of Uzzah is that God’s instructions must be obeyed.

Then in verse 26 we read that “…God helped the Levites…” This means that in contrast to the first effort when God was against the movement of the Ark, He is now in favor of its movement since it was done according to the scriptures.

David decided to do it God’s way instead of his own way. Max Lucado observes that “We humans want to do things our way. Forget the easy way. Forget the common way. Forget the best way. Forget God’s way. We want to do things our way.” That was David’s problem, and that’s our problem.  Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has gone his own way.”

Just as David learned that God’s way is always the right way, we too need to listen to Paul tell us that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. ” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Hudson Taylor said, “When God’s work is done in God’s way for God’s glory, it will never lack God’s supply.”

“You must warn each other every day, while it is still ‘today,’ so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” Hebrews 3:13